I’m happy to announce the launch of City-Go-Round, a new searchable directory of public transit apps and web sites. Type in your location and get back a list of all the transportation-related services that work for your city. Biking, walking, and driving apps are also included. Many more apps work if your city’s transit agency provides open data for their transit feeds.
We got plenty of help from Joe Hughes, who leads GTFS transit dev work at Google Maps, and Jehiah Czebotar at GTFS-Data-Exchange, a service to help developers and transit agencies efficiently share and retrieve GTFS data.
The goal is to encourage agencies to open up their data to civic software developers. And we think that making it easy for transit agencies to provide their riders with the benefits and innovations of open data apps will help overcome any barriers to unlocking their data.
What do you think? Are we crazy?